Baptist Medical Center
The Baptist Medical Centre in Nalerigu is a respected mission hospital located in the Northern Region of Ghana. It was founded through the joint efforts and vision of the Ghanaian Baptist Convention (Gold Coast Baptist Conference) and the International Mission Board (Foreign Mission Board at that time) in 1958. In 2014, the IMB handed the hospital over to the Ghana Baptist Convention who now manage and maintain it.
Currently the BMC is a 123 bed hospital whose reputation brings people from as far south as Accra, as far east as Togo and Nigeria, and as far north as Burkina Faso and Mali. Most recent yearly statistics are as follows: 60,000 outpatient visits, 10,000 inpatients, 1,200 major operations, and 2,500-3,000 minor procedures.
Over those nearly 60 years, it is estimated that well over 3 million patients have visited the hospital and around 70 Baptist churches have been planted in northern Ghana. We believe that our service earns hearing for the transforming gospel of Jesus Christ, and we are looking forward to the future as we continue to serve Christ by serving the people of West Africa.
How you can help.
Physicians: Most specialties, any length of time. Your participation in the work would be helpful and needed any time of the year; it would be especially appreciated during our annual spiritual retreat (dates variable) and the biannual mission medicine conference in Kenya, sponsored by the Christian Medical & Dental Associations in even-numbered years.
Dentists: We usually arrange a mobile dental clinic, visiting two to three villages per day, doing cleaning and extractions with our national staff. You would work in the office one to two days per week.
Medical students & residents: The IMB has a receptor program for sending fourth-year medical and dental students and medical and surgical residents to our medical facilities around the world for eight weeks; travel, room, and board are paid.
Physical therapists: In addition to working with individual patients, can include training our national nursing staff how to provide the needed therapies.
Volunteers at BMC are not limited to those with medical expertise. Please inquire regarding opportunities to serve or support financially.